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'll tell us why and what he's doing about it. >>> you've been telling us who your heroes are, thousands of you. now we'll reveal the top ten cnn heroes of the year for the first time right here this hour on cnn. >>> first if you want to make a republican smile, mention the year 1994. that year is midterm elections coming halfway through the first term of a democratic president, bill clinton, republicans picked up 54 house seats and 8 senate seats. more than enough to win control of both houses of congress. 16 years later, we are halfway through the first term of a democratic president, a different one now with the democratic majority in congress and republicans aren't the only ones making comparisons and predictions and promises. this morning, the house republican leadership rolled out its pledge to america. a longer and less specific version of 1994's contract with america. the setting was a lumber company in northern virginia, the key points are these. a halt to any stimulus spending that hasn't gone out yet. and a rollback of overall spending to prestimulus, prebailout levels. repeal
.m. eastern. >> that's going to do it for us. see you back here tomorrow. cnn newsroom with kyra phillips starts right now. good morning. >> good morning. thanks so much. good morning, everyone. big news over the next couple of hours, the president's speech to the u.n. and republicans' pledge to undo the first two years in office. in '94 they had a contract with america. they'll have a pledge with america. >>> a man visits a wife's grave for nearly five years and learns it's been empty the whole time. another victim of arlington national cemetery. >>> and the international space station makes contact to the outer reaches of pittsburgh, texas. let me tell you what. there's one ham radio guy that's pretty excited. i'm kyra phillips. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." >>> mega church pastor eddie long has 25,000 church members but today all of the attention is on just a few of his former followers. a third man has come forward accusing bishop long of coercing him into sexual relationships. all three men said that they were teenages when long lavished them with gifts and initiating sexual en
document. back in 1994, republicans used the contract with america to take back control of the house of representatives swells take back the senate. what we have seen this morning is house republicans are unveiling this pledge with america, but the bottom line is what they're trying to do is tell voters voss the country, look, we are going to reform washington. we lost our way for the past eight years or so, but we are going to help you out. what democrats have done over the past couple of years is not enough. >> are all republicans on board with this pledge? >> well, you know, mixed reviews. national review, a very well respected weekly magazine says that we'll take the pledge. they say -- they compare it to the contract with america. they say the inevitable question is -- is the pledge as bold as the contract? their answer, the pledge is bolder, but we are hearing a different theme from red state, a very nunsial blogging site. they say when aamerica needs a bold, simple fresh plan to put america on the path to constitutional insanity, we get an 8,000 word term paper of inside the b
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